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CONFIDENTIAL 

PAGE 01 TEL AV 07282 2709 15Z 
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ACTION NEA- 10 

INFO OCT-01 EUR- 1 2 ISO-OO CIAE-00 INR-07 NSAE-00 PM-04 

NSC-05 SP-02 SS-15 /056 W 

097770 

R 261427Z OCT 76 
FM AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 3553 
INFO AMEMBASSY LISBON 
AMEMBASSY MADRID 
AMEMBASSY PARIS 

CONFIDENTIAL TEL AVIV 7282 

E.O. 11652: GDS 
TAGS: PFOR, IS, PO 

SUBJECT: PORTUGUESE AGRICULTURAL MINISTER VISITS ISRAEL 
REF: PARIS 31089 

1 . PORTUGUESE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE ANTONIO LOPES CARDOSO 
VISITED ISRAEL OCTOBER 17-21. HE WAS THE FIRST PORTUGUESE 
MINISTER EVER TO VISIT ISRAEL. DURING HIS STAY HE HAD DIS- 
CUSSIONS WITH PRIME MINISTER RABIN, AGRICULAL MINISTER 
UZAN AND MFA DIRECTOR GENERAL AVINERI (IN THE ABSENCE OF 
FOREIGN MINISTER ALLON) AND TOURED A NUMBER OF AGRICULTURAL 
INSTITUTIONS. HIS VISIT WAS GIVEN EXTENSIVE PRESS COVERAGE 
AND FAVORABLE COMMENT. 

2. IN HIS MEETING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER, LOPES CARDOSO TOLD 
RABIN THAT IT WAS THE INTENTION OF THE PORTUGUESE GOVERNMENT 
TO NORMALIZE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. A JOINT 
STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE TWO MINISTERS OF AGRICULTURE 
MENTIONED THAT MINISTER UZAN HAS ACCEPTED AN INVITATION 

TO PAY A RETURN VISIT TO PORTUGAL. ISRAEL AGREED TO 
EXTEND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO PORTUGAL IN AGRICULTURE AND 
AN ISRAELI MISSION WILL VISIT PORTUGAL TO STUDY HOW THAT 
ASSISTANCE CAN BEST BE RENDERED. 

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Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 04 MAY 2006 


EUROPEAN AFFAIRS (SAVIR) WE WERE TOLD THAT NOT MUCH PRO- 
GRESS HAD BEEN MADE TOWARD THE FORMAL ESTABLISHMENT OF 
DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS DURING LOPES CARDOSO'S VISIT. THE 
ISRAELIS REMAIN CONVINCED, HOWEVER, THAT THE PORTUGUESE 
MEAN TO NORMALIZE RELATIONS AND THEY DO NOT INTEND TO PRESS 
FOR A SPECIFIC TIMETABLE. SAVIR SAID THAT ON BALANCE THE 
VISIT WAS REGARDED AS A POSITIVE STEP BECAUSE IT WAS 
DESIGNATED AN OFFICIAL VISIT AND BECAUSE LOPES CARDOSO 
EMPHASIZED PUBLICLY THAT IT WAS A PART OF THE PROCESS OF 
NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS. OTHER VISITS WHICH ARE PLANNED 
FOR THE FUTURE INCLUDE THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL 
ASSEMBLY, PORTUGUESE JOURNALISTS AND THE DIRECTOR GENERAL 
OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS. NO DATE HAS YET BEEN 
SET FOR UZAN'S RETURN VISIT ALTHOUGH THE SURVEY MISSION FOR 
THE ISRAELI TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - HEADED BY 
AGRICULTURE MINISTRY DIRECTOR GENERAL EILAND - WILL VISIT 
PORTUGAL IN THE NEAR FUTURE. 

4. IN THEIR CONVERSATIONS THE PORTUGUESE HAVE DENIED ARAB 
PRESSURES AGAINST NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL. 

THEY REFER TO THE NEED FOR INTERNAL STABILIZATION 
BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH 
WENING NEW DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS 

AS THE REASON FOR PROCEEDING SLOWLY. SAVIR SAID THAT 
IN THEIR DISCUSSIONS THE PORTUGUESE AND THE ISRAELIS 
HAVE DISCUSSED THE PLO AND HAVE EXCHANGED VIEWS ON HOW 
BEST TO HANDLE THE PALESTINIAN QUESTION BUT THESE 
EXCHANGES HAVE BEEN STRAIGHTFORWARD AND NOT IDEOLOGICAL. 
TOON 


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Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 04 MAY 2006 


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Automatic Decaptioning: X 
Capture Date: 01 JAN 1994 
Channel Indicators: n/a 
Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED 

Concepts: TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, FOREIGN RELATIONS, MINISTERIAL VISITS 

Control Number: n/a 
Copy: SINGLE 
Draft Date: 26 OCT 1976 
Decaption Date: 01 JAN 1960 
Decaption Note: 

Disposition Action: RELEASED 
Disposition Approved on Date: 

Disposition Authority: CunninFX 
Disposition Case Number: n/a 
Disposition Comment: 25 YEAR REVIEW 
Disposition Date: 28 MAY 2004 
Disposition Event: 

Disposition History: n/a 
Disposition Reason: 

Disposition Remarks: 

Document Number: 1976TELAV07282 

Document Source: CORE 

Document Unique ID: 00 

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Enclosure: n/a 

Executive Order: GS 

Errors: N/A 

Film Number: D760400-1028 
From: TEL AVIV 
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ISecure: 1 

Legacy Key: Iink1976/newtext/t19761016/aaaaanma.tel 

Line Count: 91 

Locator: TEXT ON-LINE, ON MICROFILM 
Office: ACTION NEA 
Original Classification: CONFIDENTIAL 
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Page Count: 2 

Previous Channel Indicators: n/a 
Previous Classification: CONFIDENTIAL 
Previous Handling Restrictions: n/a 
Reference: 76 PARIS 31089 
Review Action: RELEASED, APPROVED 
Review Authority: CunninFX 
Review Comment: n/a 
Review Content Flags: 

Review Date: 04 MAY 2004 
Review Event: 

Review Exemptions: n/a 

Review History: RELEASED <04 MAY 2004 by BoyleJA>; APPROVED <30 AUG 2004 by CunninFX> 

Review Markings: 

Margaret P. Grafeld 
Declassified/Released 
US Department of State 
EO Systematic Review 
04 MAY 2006 


Review Media Identifier: 

Review Referrals: n/a 
Review Release Date: n/a 
Review Release Event: n/a 
Review Transfer Date: 

Review Withdrawn Fields: n/a 
Secure: OPEN 
Status: NATIVE 

Subject: PORTUGUESE AGRICULTURAL MINISTER VISITS ISRAEL 
TAGS: PFOR, OVIP, EAID, PO, IS, (CARDOSO, ANTONIO LOPES) 

To: STATE 
Type: TE 

Markings: Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 04 MAY 2006 


Margaret P. Grafeld Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 04 MAY 2006